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This Week Online – April 26, 2014

Posted by on Apr 26, 2014 in Books, Games/Video/Board, Geek Culture, Movies/Music/TV, Web Shows | 0 comments

Hey all -

Hope you’ve had a good last week. Amusingly enough, I didn’t have a whole lot to post from last week so I had to wait a few extra days before some goodies came to my attention. I hope you enjoy these!

  • Do you enjoy literature? Do you enjoy comedy? The perfect melding of the two is at Thug Notes on YouTube. It’s simply fantastic.
  • Are you a Patrick Rothfuss fan? You should be. He announced on his blog today that he is coming out with a new book which is not the third book in the Kingkiller Chronicle. Yes, I’m a bit disappointed, but it’s set in that world so that’ll be a nice consolation.
  • Stephen Colbert is closing down The Colbert Report and taking over The Late Show from David Letterman when he retires at the end of the year. As a result, Stephen has been making the rounds on shows this week. Here he says goodbye on The Daily Show. And he was also on The Late Show this past week.
  • John Waters filmed a no-smoking PSA? Yes!
  • Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen being adorable, AGAIN.
  • A fantastic fan film featuring Harley Quinn.
  • Short film following two astronauts on a ship that can travel back three minutes in time. Simply great.

I’m still trying to find the time to finish the Berlin installment of the latest Shadowrun Returns game in order to review it properly here. So far it’s great, but I’m only about 10 hours of gameplay in.

Also, I picked up a game for the iPad (and other systems) called Dragons of Atlantis: Heirs of the Dragon. It’s a “free to play” city-building-in-a-pvp-world type game. I played Evony back in the day for a while until the pvp stuff eventually drove me away from it. The interface on a touch screen is great. And it has neat added features like building mythical troop units (minotaurs, dragons, ogres) and you can raise an epic dragon to defend your city. If you like this sort of game, give it a try.

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This Week Online – March 10, 2014

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Books, Geek Culture, Movies/Music/TV | 0 comments

Been a rough last couple of weeks, folks, but here’s a list of amusing things I’ve found while I’ve been gone. Hope you enjoy them!

  • Star Wars prequel movies? Yeccccch.
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron! There’s going to be an hour long special on ABC on March 18th. You have been put on notice.
  • Steven Soderbergh edited together the original Psycho and the remake. No, really.
  • An infographic which shows how everyone dies in Shakespeare’s plays.
  • Had you heard that Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton are going to be in a vampire movie that is released in the US on April 11th? Yeah, me either!
  • While watching the Oscars, I discovered that Martin Freeman was in a nominated short film. Apparently it’ll be touring with the other “Oscar Shorts” in the theaters. It’s on my list to see.
  • An infographic of the 42 essential 3rd act twists from literature.
  • Fallon and Timberlake continue the History of Rap series on The Tonight Show with the fifth installment.
  • Ricky Gervais has put out a series called “Learn Guitar with David Brent“. If you like his humor or his character from The Office, you’ll find this enjoyable.
  • For everyone who has worked in corporate America, here is an example of what conference calls are like in real life.
  • Want to see a four minute scene from the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier? It’s pretty darn squeee-worthy.
  • Have you heard about Oculus? It stars Karen Gillan (of Doctor Who fame) and Katee Sackhoff. It looks pretty creepy!
  • i09 created a list of 30 Cult Movies that they consider “must watch”. I’ve actually seen twenty-one of them. Apparently I’m a cult movie fan!
  • The Sarlacc Toilet. I really kind of want this.
  • Bill Nye tells the story behind the selfie he posted of himself, Neil deGrasse Tyson and President Obama.

And, if you didn’t catch Cosmos last night, you should try to catch it tonight. Or on streaming from your cable provider. Because, you like science, right? Right?!

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This Week Online – February 10, 2014

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in Books, Geek Culture | 0 comments

Hello everyone! Here is a list of amusements I found online this past week. I hope you enjoy them!

A bit of a mish-mash this week!

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Today Is the Last Day of Worldbuilders

Posted by on Feb 2, 2014 in Books, Geek Culture | 0 comments

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Today is the final day to participate in Patrick Rothfuss‘s Worldbuilders charity event for Heifer International. A donation as small as $10 will enter you into a lottery full of awesome books and you’ll help Heifer fight hunger and poverty across the world.

There aren’t many charities out there that I regularly give to. A limit on funds available to donate is always an issue. But Heifer is one organization I try to give to every year. They make a difference in the world. And it’s neat to be able to give someone a beehive or a flock of chickens or sheep or a cow or a water buffalo. You can also give irrigation pumps, clean water, stoves and the like.

Patrick Rothfuss is an author of a great series of books called The Kingkiller Chronicle. I don’t know him personally, but from his posts on Facebook and his blog he appears to be a great guy who really cares about doing good for people. He runs the Worldbuilders event and gets donations from authors and artists to auction on eBay for the charity as well as to put in the lottery for contributors to win. The items in the lottery are mind blowing – lots of rare editions of books, autographed books, things you can’t get anywhere else. And the items that have been sold on eBay have been really neat too – there’s a listing for Len Peralta’s Geek-A-Week card sets that it breaks my heart I don’t have the cash to bid on myself – and there’s lots of other neat books and prints currently up for auction as well.

So, if you have any interest in checking this great opportunity out, please do so. It’s a great cause, and you’ll get a chance to win something really neat as well.

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Dresden Files and Old Man’s War

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in Books, Geek Culture | 0 comments

I just recently finished reading books 3 and 4 in Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files series (Grave Peril and Summer Knight respectively), and the first book in John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War series.

I reviewed Old Man’s War over on Goodreads, but suffice it to say I found it enjoyable. More enjoyable than I had expected it to be, given the subject matter. I recommend that you check it out.

The Dresden Files series is enjoyable brain candy. Highly formulaic, it’s light hearted fantasy-meets-real-world with some detective stuff thrown in for good measure. I find it nice bedtime reading as it doesn’t require much brain power. His formula is reliably engaging, if a bit predictable after 4 books. There are 15 books in the series so far. I’m still finding them entertaining enough to continue to purchase upon occasion. I just hope that series doesn’t jump the shark like the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series by Charlaine Harris did.

To round out this post, I’ve found a couple of amusing things on the internet that I wanted to share before the weekend comes. One of them is a fantastic Superbowl commercial. Enjoy!

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This Week Online – October 28, 2013

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in Books, Comics/Webcomics, Geek Culture, Movies/Music/TV | 0 comments

It’s been a fairly slow week this past week in terms of interesting Geek News, but I was able to find a few interesting tidbits.

I hope you enjoy these!

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